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86. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 2, 2012, 11:38 D-Rock
Bhruic wrote on Oct 2, 2012, 09:09:

You can't seriously be trying to suggest that systemic prejudice is equal to isolated incidences.

Nope, I'm just responding to your post. This is about respect, not equality. Don't generalize for any demographic, regardless of status. As a white middle class male I feel that what you said is disrespectful. How can anyone meet in the middle if they don't show respect for an opposing party (or an opposing viewpoint, like on a message board)?

Right, we shouldn't try and make everyone equal, we should just accept that some people are going to be treated worse based on something they had no control over, and not make any attempt to rectify the situation.

Those are your words, not mine. I put 'make' in quotes because I'm referring to the attitude that you can 'make' people have a specific belief or opinion on something. Forceful and loud social agendas rarely do anything to change someones mind. People need to put time into standing up for their rights when they've been infringed upon. That is much more productive.

Rectifying the situation would be putting one's time and energy into expanding upon existing rights and opportunities. The only one I'm aware of that is unequal is same sex marriage. Someone, please educate me on the benefits to same sex marriage. The only thing I could come up with is tax benefits. Is that really all it's about, or is there more to it than I'm aware of?

What other rights are there that gays do not have?

By all means, point out the "wrong" that the minority is committing by trying to have their GaymerCon.

I never said there is anything wrong with GaymerCon. Again, I was responding to your generalizations, which were in response to discussions that strayed off topic. Feel free to keep it on topic.

I encourage others to exercise their right to free speech and right to assemble. I would hope that a convention like this would allow others to develop a support system that encourages people to stand up for their rights in a situation where they've been infringed upon. I'm glad that homosexual gamers can find a place to play games with others without being called gay in a derogatory context (heck, I'm straight and I can't stand it when people use that kind of language in games).

I just hope that people don't think that something like this will influence a political or social agenda for the better, or they will be disappointed. If you keep advertising that you are different and deserve recognition, you too have drawn the very line that you are trying to erase.
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